Welcome to Courtenay on Vancouver Island!

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall – Courtenay in British Columbia has something for all!

The first thing you need to know about coming to our community is knowing which continent we live on. We are in North America and we live in the country that is the furthest north.  Canada is the country and the specific location is Courtenay in the province of British Columbia (B.C.). We are on the western side of Canada and British Columbia borders along the Pacific Ocean. Another province, Alberta, is beside us on B.C.’s eastern border. The United States (U.S.) of America is along our southern border and also on our northwestern corner where Alaska, U.S. is situated. In addition to Alaska we are also bordered in the north by two of Canada’s territories, Yukon and Northwest Territories:

Comox Glacier

Comox Glacier

If you were to visit British Columbia, please make time to visit Vancouver Island for that is where Courtenay is located.Vancouver Island is right alongside the mainland of British Columbia.

Our community, Courtenay, is on the east coast of Vancouver Island. We do get a lot of storms but they aren’t as fierce as the storms that communities on the west coast get. The west coast of Canada is on the “Ring of Fire” and this is known as the areas along the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Crispy Landing by Liam Higgins

Crispy Landing by Liam Higgins

If you were to visit Courtenay, you would most likely hear people speaking English. French is Canada’s other official language and we have French language courses in school as well as French Immersion programs. In the Comox Valley, the K’omoks First Nations’ traditional language is Kwak̓wala although this language was not the original language of people in the area.

If you like skiing, Mt. Washington is very popular during our winter – December to March (often with skiing starting prior to December and extending beyond March}.

We have great beaches in Comox and the other communities south and north of Courtenay. We have islands that you can visit with a short ferry trip. We have great hiking year round, swimming at lakes, and rivers to explore. Lots of students enjoy skateboarding and bike riding.

Please take my survey about what you would like to do if you could visit Courtenay.

This blog post is for Challenge 4

Image Credit: “Comox Glacier #676” by nemo’s great uncle; “Crispy Landing” by Liam Higgins